President Donald Trump is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who was named by the Justice Department in May to lead the Russia probe, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS NewsHour on Monday.
“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option,” Ruddy told PBS NewsHour. “I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.”
“I personally think it would be a very significant mistake,” Ruddy added.
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff first tweeted the news and earlier in the evening, CNBC had spotted Ruddy, a close confidant of Trump, leaving the West Wing. Ruddy, however, did not meet with the president that evening as their meeting was postponed, NBC News reported.
Mueller’s termination would mark the latest in a series of tumultuous events that has shaken up American politics.
Former FBI director James Comey, who was leading a federal inquiry into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow, said in testimony last week that Trump had referred to the investigation as “a cloud” over his presidency.
PBS’ report sparked immediate backlash on Twitter.
Should Mueller get fired, that would be a waste of time, according to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Meanwhile, David Axelrod, director at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, warned of serious consequences.